Book Review – The Country Saga by David Estes

22 Jul

The Country Saga is the sister series to The Dwellers. So far these 6 books have created a spectacular world that I was glad I found.

Fire Country (The Country Saga #1)


Book Description

Publication Date: January 29, 2013
In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

My Review


This one I kept short and simple because I really couldn’t put my words together to express my feelings.

A must read!

Of all of David books this has got to be one of my favorites. From the very beginning I was captivated. The world he created somewhat similar to that of the Dwellers Saga yet so different. The characters were well written. There was so many emotions with every page I turned. Estes’ descriptive writing was just amazing. And the slang writing he created was BLAZIN’!

Ice Country (The Country Saga#2)


Book Description

Publication Date: March 25, 2013 | Series: The Country Saga
Dazz, a hard-edged, fun-loving Icer, likes fighting, particularly while at his favorite watering hole. However, while recovering from a particularly bad break up, his decision to engage in a brutal pubroom brawl leads to a series of events that thrust him into a dark and mysterious scandal involving King Goff, the ice country ruler. When his seven-year-old sister is abducted in the dark of night, Dazz pledges to do whatever it takes to get her back, embarking on a quest that threatens to rip apart the very fabric that’s barely holding his shattered family together. Along the way he meets a group of unlikely allies in the form of a travelling group of fire country natives. Can Dazz, when joined with his best friend, Buff, and new tan-skinned friends, defeat the King and his guards before it’s too late for his sister?

My Review


I completely loved this book just as much as all the others David has written. I read Ice Country as slow as I possibly could because I ran out of his books 😦

Ice Country was filled with non-stop action, pain and yes love! When the story begins you are thrown into a completely different world than that of Fire Country. Where Fire Country is HOT, Ice Country is COLD! The people in Ice Country seem more educated but in the end they are all just trying to survive. The Heaters from the elders and the Icers from the King; both who have lied and really don’t care about anyone but themselves. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better the two worlds collide and nicely so!

I have never been great with reviews but I can tell you that this series along with all of Estes’ other books are so worth your time, this book was full of heart-pounding action, adventure, love, sorrow, hate every emotion rolled into one AMAZING book!

Water & Storm Country (The Country Saga #3)

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Book Description

Publication Date: May 28, 2013 | Series: The Country Saga
Huck Jones, the son of the admiral of the Soaker fleet, has a legacy to live up to. Haunted by the distorted memories of his mother’s untimely death, he must face his demons and the man who raised him as he strives to take the courageous step forward into manhood. When he’s transferred to the worst-performing ship in the fleet, everything he believes is called into question when he meets a lowly brown-skinned bilge rat girl. Huck walks a deadly rope… Meanwhile, Sadie, destined to be a Rider in the Stormer army, seeks to avenge her brother’s death at the hands of the Soakers. Trained hard by her mother, an experienced Rider, Sadie knows strength and determination more than most. Her father, a Man of Wisdom, has shown his cowardice more times than she can count. As her world and family fall apart, she must cast aside her anger and focus on the wisdom she’s always brushed off as foolishness. Amidst everything, a Plague ravages all, discriminating against no one. When four worlds collide, lines will be drawn, sides will be chosen, victory will be sought. Death will be wrought. The mysteries of the Cure for the deadly Plague will be uncovered. Who will survive? And what will those who do learn about themselves and the ones they love?

My Review


The tie between the Dwellers and Country Saga is Water & Storm Country…

Water & Storm Country starts with a young girl Sadie, who idolizes her mother in every way. Sadie is a Stormer. She is a girl who has a strong personality, but at the same time is misguided with grief. In certain situations I feared she would lose it. She was cold to her father but again this all due to not really knowing things and because she is stubborn not really wanting to know until it was too late. And even having qualities that make you not like her, she grows on you as she grows herself throughout the story.

We are also introduced to Huck Jones, a Stormer. Huck is a kind soul. I couldn’t help but like him from the very beginning. He has lived a hard life with his evil father the admiral. Huck was also ignorant to certain things his father did and everything comes to light when he becomes a man. In his journey of self-discovery Huck meets a slave Jade (Heater). And Jade is the one that helps Huck realize the man that he “is”.

And the ending had me thinking “That’s where the stories combine!” Perfection! To be honest I couldn’t find the link between the Dweller and Country Saga until Wilde showed up towards the end giving me the link i needed to make the connection. And then it ends with Tristan and Adele…. OMG PURE AWESOMENESS!

I loved Water & Storm Country just as much as the other books in the Dweller and Country series. As in all the books I was left feeling sad knowing that soon the story of each wonderfully written character will be over. Yet I find myself delighted that I’ve been able to follow along in the journey Estes has written for us.

Patiently waiting for The Earth Dwellers!!!


If you think these are book you will enjoy and want to purchase  them clink of the name of each individual book and you will be forwarded to the amazon page for each individual book OR you can visit the authors page HERE!


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